Franciscan Sister Elizabeth Benvie reports on the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries’ new St. Joseph Hillside groundbreaking ceremony in West Point, NE.
May 9, 2017 was the groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph Hillside. This new 54-bed skilled nursing home will be an asset for the people of West Point and the surrounding communities.
Andy Fuston, Administrator of St. Joseph’s Retirement Community welcomed everyone to the 4:00 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony. Monsignor Mel Wiese opened this important event with a prayer. Other dignitaries included Jerry Wordekemper, CEO of Franciscan Care Services; Mike McGinty, President of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries; Larry Kampschneider, Chairman of the Fund drive; and Mayor Marlene Johnson.
Special recognition was given to Sister Laura Wolf, the former President of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries who made the addition of a nursing home to the Franciscan Care Services one of her goals. There were seven Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity present for this groundbreaking ceremony including: Sisters Laura Wolf, Thelma Wiese (representing Sister Natalie Binversie), Charles Ann Champeau, Joy Rose, Barbara Mathe, Elizabeth Ann Miller, and Sister Elizabeth Benvie.